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Ukraine underground music label Muscut has just released a fundraiser compilation Воля (Volia which in English is Freedom) with the proceeds going towards Ukraine’s defense from Putin’s murderous war madness. It’s a glorious compilation of experimental underground music, with plenty to interest fans of the more experimental hauntological field recording aspects of the likes of Broadcast, Eno, Stars of the Lid, etc. Here’s “Smspce” by Mlin Patz.

Mlin Patz a solo project of Chillera band member Polina Matskevich (electric guitar), an outlet for her experiments with sound collages, field recordings and dub sound. “Smspce” here mixes organic field recordings with submerged echo and delay guitar, creating a haunted unsettling ambient soundscape like a dark out-take from Eno’s “Music for Films”.

The compilation opens with a track from the artist featured on the previous post, Bryozone. The musician behind Bryozone, Ganna Bryzhata, is a member of the Odesa dub-surf-instrumental trio Chillera with Matskevich. Chillera also feature on the album.

From the Muscut Bandcamp page for the compilation:

On February 24th, Russia diabolically invaded Ukraine. The world is witnessing a moral catastrophe and war crimes. As a response, Muscut invited Ukrainian artists to join forces in raising funds to support those in need. 100% of the label sales are donated to the “Razom” initiative’s partners and our friends-volunteers who are fighting back the occupier in different Ukrainian cities.

If you are interested in digging even deeper into Ukraine’s music underground dive into this excellent overview from The Quietus.

On 24 February Russia invaded neighbouring independent country Ukraine, in violation of international law. Russia’s military aggression against an independent sovereign nation has included targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, in violation of international humanitarian law, causing death, and destruction, and turning life there upside down. Prior to the Russian invasion and war, Ukraine had thriving underground music scenes. Buying and sharing music from Ukraine artists and labels via Bandcamp is one small way to help the people involved in those scenes. Here’s a track from an album by Odessa/ Odesa ambient electronic artist Bryozone, called “Vavil”:

“Vavil” is from Bryozone’s “Acid Frog Day” album released in 2013. It’s experimental, ‘light industrial’, immersive ambient electronic music. This track in particular has a weirdly natural organic kind of feel, channeling maybe a little bit of the sprit of The Orb and also Can’s “Future Days”. There’s a more recent EP called “Ifrit” from 2016 on the Odessa/ Odesa ‘pluridisciplinary art project’ label system which is also well worth diving into.

Bryozone is Ganna Brizhata from the southern Ukraine coastal city of Odessa / Odesa on the Black Sea. Brizhata is also more recently the bassist in Chillera. The trio’s “Live from Odesa” recorded a year ago at a celebration for Kyiv label Muscut, is a thrilling journey through loose, trippy, dubby psychedelic surf instrumentals.

Here’s another band from Ukraine, the psychedelic rock ensemble called ME’LERON, who released their English-language album “R” in 2017. The opening track “So Dear To Me” is a psychedelic riff’n’radio-pop anthem.

So Dear To Me” here sounds somewhat adjacent at times to the music of bands like Oh Sees, Tame Impala, Dungen and Amon Düül II, with its riff-heavy psychedelic rock and sweetly melodic chorus.

However, one of the band’s stated influences is Fleetwood Mac, so the album also takes a more sun-dazed melodic rock tangent on a few tracks before the heavy psychedelics kick in again for the trippy instrumental closer “Amorousness“.

There’s also an excellent three song ME’LERON release from 2019 called “Мелимоноль” which is recommended as well.

ME’LERON are from Poltava, which is just south-west of Kharkiv, one of the Northern Ukraine cities to have suffered so much of the terrible Russian bombardment so far in this war of aggression from Russia. Poltava has a similar population to Wellington in NZ, and has a round central city ‘square’, like Dunedin’s Octagon. Here’s hoping the members of ME’LERON are safe and have a chance to resume their music “from the very heart and soul of love, peace and joy” sometime in the future when this insanity ends.

It’s Bandcamp Friday so here’s a quick hunt for music from artists based in Ukraine who could no doubt do with some assistance and moral support during the current Russian invasion.

Онтос is the opening track from a 5-song EP called Таксі Монтеск’є (Montesqie Taxi) by Монтеск’є from the western Ukraine city of Lviv.

Онтос carries the emotional weight of the music of UK post-punk band Kitchens of Distinction – hazy melancholic dreampop. Монтеск’є is multi-instrumentalist Igor Khorkavyy.